Inveraray Accommodation & Sightseeing

Oban Area Map

Situated some 35 miles south of Oban, Inveraray can be reached by the Citylink coach service.

INVERARAY
18th century royal burgh sitting on the shores of Loch Fyne. For a good view of the surrounding area, climb to the top of the Bell Tower of All Saints' Episcopal Church. There are numerous shops including an old style pharmacy, Woollen Mill andLoch Fyne Whiskies. Try the George Hotel (winner of CAMRA's Argyll Pub of the Year 2007) on the main street for a nice meal.
The Inveraray Highland Games take place in July. More local events and info about the town can be found on the local web site inveraray-argyll.com

Go down to the pier and you can visit a three masted vessel called the Arctic Penguin where you can look around the engine room and watch film of old sailing boats and steamships. There are exhibitions below decks (not suitable for disabled access), plus a small coffee shop and gift shop.

Inveraray Castle
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Inveraray Castle
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INVERARAY CASTLE
This the pale, baronial castle, hidden amid the dark green trees, appears almost as a vision from a fairy-tale. Seat of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the clan Campbell, the original castle was rebuilt, together with the town in the mid-eighteenth century.

The castle is open to visitors at various time during the summer season. For costs and opening times, visit the official web site: www.inveraray-castle.com.

Inveraray saw much wartime activity in the 1940s. The Inveraray local history society has more details about this. Tigh-an-Ruadh (now the Loch Fyne Hotel) was turned into the HQ for Combined Operations Training. A plaque at the hotel commemorates those who visited at that time - including King George VI, de Gaulle, Eisenhower and Winston Churchill (who held some of the War Cabinets here).
Just a short walk from Inveraray is a self catering cottage called The Muir of Auchnabreac overlooking Loch Fyne.

For outdoor enthusiasts in the area, visit the WalkHighlands page about Inveraray walks.

INVERARAY JAIL MUSEUM
This award-winning museum is well worth a visit. It includes a torture and punishment exhibition, the old courtroom which is set out as it would have been in the 1800s, the Old Prison built in 1820 and the New Prison which dates from 1848 from where convicts were sent to Australia. You will meet warders and prisoners walking about in costume.
Since these are old buildings, disabled access is limited to the shop, information room, toilet, courtyard and the ground floor corridor of the Old Prison.
Open every day April - October 9.30 am - 6 pm. Winter 10 am - 5 pm. Telephone: 01499 302 381 / Fax: 01499 302 195.
Full details on the Inveraray Jail Museum web site - also includes interactive tour and information about prisoners who were transported to the Colonies.

Inveraray Accommodation

Hotel

Loch Fyne Hotel
Shore Street
Inveraray PA32 8XT

LOCH FYNE HOTEL & LEISURE CLUB

Set in Inveraray overlooking Loch Fyne.
Wonderful views across the loch to the Cowal Hills.
A short stroll from the castle, town centre & golf course.
Oban 35 miles.
Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Hotel.

Leisure suite with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool bath,
outdoor hot tub, tanning cabin, health & beauty treatments.
Lochview Restaurant menu features locally-caught seafood.
Lounge bar.
Facilities for weddings and conferences.

Choice of 74 spacious bedrooms and mini-suites
all with TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press, etc.
B&B prices from £45 per person.

Historic house commandeered during WWII
for Combined Operations Training.
Visited by Eisenhower and Winston Churchill.

Click here for online booking

More places to visit

Oban - Fort William - Argyll

Tourist Information Centre

Front Street, Inveraray
Telephone: 01499 302063
Open all year

Request a free brochure from the Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs official Tourist Board